Miami Marlins make a couple of roster moves
By Neil Raymond
The Miami Marlins and the Detroit Tigers made a trade yesterday. It has now affected the Major League roster. There are also new developments when it comes to starting pitcher Johnny Cueto. So far he's been having a terrible first (and almost certainly last), season with The Fish. Let's take a look at what was done and how it affects The Fish going forward.
The Miami Marlins made some notable roster moves.
Just acquired OF Jonathan Davis is now on the Major League roster. The career .185/.291/.245 hitter plays adequate defense and is almost certainly only up because he can play CF. I don't see how he's that much of an upgrade over anyone currently on the roster, but I'm hoping that he will prove me wrong. On his way back to the Minor Leagues is OF Peyton Burdick. Burdick is a career .200/.281/.368 hitter, who has been batting .182/.270/.333 in 14 games and 33 AB. Burdick wasn't exactly setting the world on fire this season, but he's only 26.
I would've given Peyton Burdick a longer shot at staying on the Major League roster. He wasn't hitting well, bit I don't see how Jonathan Davis is going to improve on his performance. Davis is a better defender in my opinion, so I can see that being the reason to make the switch, but I just don't think the difference is worth it. We need to see if Burdick can ever become a useful Major Leaguer, and that means giving him a longer leash. He does have a 93.9 Exit Velocity this season, and that's not something to just ignore.
In other Miami Marlins news, starting pitcher Johnny Cueto has been moved to the 60-day injured list. Things just keep getting worse for the veteran. Cueto has a 36.00 ERA/32.29 FIP, with 0.0 K/9 and 9.0 BB/9 in a game and an inning pitched. It's an extremely small sample size, but he's 37 years old. It's safe to say that The Fish will not be picking up his $10.5 million team option for 2024. He will certainly be receiving his $2.5 million buyout instead.